Cost of training: About $7,000 for the full associate degree program at Broward or Miami Dade College, or about $300 per course.
What it involves: There is a wide range of computer support jobs, some more geared to helping users interact successfully with different software, and others geared to helping install, configure and support an organization’s network, and yet others combining both, depending on how big is the organization’s IT department.
Job prospects: Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow by 22 percent, adding 758,800 new jobs from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Businesses and all kinds of other organizations will continue to rely on computer technology for an increasing number of functions, increasing demand for workers in these occupations. Network technicians in particular will be needed to increase cyber-security and update existing network infrastructure.
Learn more: www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm
Starting salary range: $35,000 to $40,000 a year
Training/certificate needed: Associate degree with courses in logistics and supply chain management.
Cost of training: About $7,000 for an associate degree in Miami Dade College, or about $300 for each 3-credit course.
What it involves: Logisticians analyze and coordinate how products move from supplier to consumer, including how the product is acquired, distributed, allocated and delivered. Miami Dade College already offers some courses related to this specialty, such as introduction to transportation and logistics, introduction to international logistics, and inventory and warehouse management.
Job prospects: Employment in transportation and warehousing is expected to increase by 20 percent during the 2010–2020 decade, adding about 853,000 jobs to the industry total. Truck transportation is anticipated to grow by 24 percent, and the warehousing and storage sector is projected to grow by 26 percent. Demand for truck transportation and warehousing services will expand as global trade grows and more goods are transported into and around the country. South Florida, an ever-growing international hub for cargo transit and storage, will be one of the regions in the country directly connected to this growth.
Learn more: http://cscmp.org
Job: Power Plant Electrician
Starting salary range: $45,000 to $50,000
Training/certificate needed: Associate Degree in Electrical Power Technology
Cost of training: About $7,000 at Miami Dade College
What it involves: This is a two-year program that Miami Dade College runs in conjunction with Florida Power & Light, to train electricians to work in FPL’s Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant. An aptitude exam is required before entering the program. Students select a specialty within the program: instrumentation control, electrical maintenance or mechanical maintenance. Coursework, which is tailored according to the specialty, is similar to the courses freshman and sophomore engineer majors would take.
Job prospects: FPL developed this program to train new employees to replace an aging workforce in the nuclear power plant. This year, Miami Dade College graduated its fifth class to undergo the program, with a total of 41 students. “They hire the best candidates that they can find,” said Richard White, director of MDC’s school of engineering. “Some years they hire all of them.” The program’s curricula conform to national standards, so graduates are qualified to work in other nuclear power plants besides Turkey Point.
Learn more: www.nei.org